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Letter: nurses need more moral courage

Everyone who works or uses the NHS had a bitter pill to swallow when Prime Minister Theresa May kept Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary

Everyone who works or uses the NHS had a bitter pill to swallow when Prime Minister Theresa May kept Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary.

This is the man who has consistently damaged the morale of health care professionals, with swingeing pay cuts, scrapping bursaries for student nurses, and picking a fight with junior doctors.

I feel the junior doctors have demonstrated more moral courage than nurses, vehemently articulating their concerns over the new contract.

The NHS is plunging ever deeper into crisis, yet nurses, rather than advocate for their patients emphatically and powerfully, seem afraid to raise their voices for fear of retribution.

A patient who had waited more than six hours to be seen in A&E after a fall was overheard remarking: 'Now going to Dignitas makes sense.'

Zeba Arif, retired nurse

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